- Wear your safety equipment
This may sounds simple but it’s highly crucial. Respiratory masks may be expensive but it’s still a heck of a lot cheaper than an emergency treatment at the Hospital. These fumes can cause irreparable injury so better safe than sorry! Put on your goggles because the chemicals in the paint can cause irritation in the eyes. Also, gloves are a must to prevent skin abrasion.
If you find it troublesome, you can always consult professionals like Krylon and Spray-net.
Ask any professional and he will tell you that you need a coat of primer before spray-painting a surface. This will ensure a smooth and even finish. Shake the can well before using and spray a single coat of primer.
This is another important step. Shake the can for a good few minutes. It’s a lot like shaking a nail polish bottle! You want all the ingredients contained inside to be mixed up well to guarantee fine consistency.
- A test run
It is always best to test out the product and your skills on a waste paper. You can test the direction of painting and select which pattern works best for you enabling a more successful job.
- Stable hand movement and overlapping
This is the secret to an even finish. Master the basics to become an expert. If you spend a little over a few seconds in one area, you will end up with runny paint. Overlapping will prevent gaps in the paint.
Keep the can at a few inches away from the surface that you are about to paint.
Only apply thin coats! Do not go overboard and sabotage your project.
As said earlier, applying light coats and then repeating the same is how you go about it. Does it take long for it to dry? Hell yes! It can take a whole day but patience is perseverance and it certainly pays off in this job.
- Second coating
Since applying light coats is the golden rule in spray-painting, going back for a second coat is almost always necessary. This will give you a bright and opaque finish.
Yes, there are many coats involved in spray painting but this isn’t absolutely compulsory. A top coat is usually applied to protect the paint from scrapping or peeling off. Again, you have to wait for it to dry completely if you wish to apply a double coat for longevity.